Burnout or emotional exhaustion

Ce este burnout-ul? O stare de epuizare emoțională, fizică și mintală cauzată de stres excesiv și prelungit. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally exhausted and unable to cope with constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a particular role.

Burnout reduces productivity and drains your energy, making you feel increasingly powerless, hopeless or cynical about your work and your own achievements. Eventually, you may feel you have nothing left to offer.

Negative effects of burnoutspread to every area of life, including home, work and social life. Burnout can also cause long-term changes in your body that make you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu. Because of its many consequences it is important not to ignore the signs of possible burnout.

What symptoms of burnout should we recognize in ourselves or others?

You may be on the road to burnout if:

  • Every day is a bad day.
  • Caring about work or your personal life seems like a total waste of energy.
  • You’re exhausted all the time.
  • You feel that you are not appreciated and that nothing you do could make a difference

Physical signs and symptoms of exhaustion:

😔 You feel tired most of the time
😔 Low immunity, frequent illnesses.
😔 Frequent headaches or muscle pain
😔 Change in appetite or sleep habits.

Emotional signs and symptoms of burnout:

😔 You have a sense of failure and self-doubt. 😔 You feel powerless and defeated. 😔 You feel alone in the world. 😔 Loss of motivation. Increasingly cynical and negative outlook. 😔 Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.

Behavioural signs and symptoms of burnout:

😔 Withdrawal from responsibility. 😔 Isolation from others. 😔 Procrastination / procrastination, taking more time to get things done. 😔 Compulsive use of food, drugs or alcohol to cope with everyday life. 😔 Taking out frustrations on other people. 😔 Missing work or coming in late and leaving early.

Stress or burnout?

Burnout can be the result of incessant stress, but it is not the same as too much stress. Stress, in general, involves too much of something: lots of pressures that demand too much of you physically and mentally. However, stressed people can still imagine that if they can keep everything under control, they will feel better.

Burnout, on the other hand, is about not being enough. To be exhausted is to feel empty and mentally drained, unmotivated and beyond caring.

People experiencing burnout see no hope of positive change in their situation.

If excessive stress feels like drowning in responsibilities, burnout is a feeling of being overwhelmed. And while you’re usually aware that you’re under a lot of stress, you don’t always notice the exhaustion when it happens.

Causes of burnout

😓 Burnout often stems from the workplace. Anyone who feels overworked and undervalued is at risk of burnout, from the office worker who hasn’t had a holiday in years to the exhausted stay-at-home mum juggling childcare and household chores.

🥛 But burnout isn’t just caused by stressful work or too many responsibilities. Other factors also contribute to burnout, including lifestyle and personality traits. In fact, what you do in your personal time and the way you look at the world can play just as big a role in causing overwhelming stress as work or home.

Causes of work-related burnout:

😓 You feel you have little or no control over your work.
😓 Lack of recognition or reward for a job well done.
😓 Unclear or overly demanding expectations at work.
😓 Extremely monotonous work.
😓 Working in a chaotic or high-pressure environment.

Causes of lifestyle exhaustion

😑 Work schedule without enough time for socializing or relaxing. 😑 Lack of close and supportive relationships. 😑 Taking on too much responsibility without enough help from others. 😑 Insufficient sleep.

Risks in burnout / emotional exhaustion

Health risks:

💛 Fatigue
💛 Increased likelihood of coronary heart disease
💛 Increased likelihood of type 2 diabetes (tends to be a risk factor for coronary heart disease)
💛 Increased likelihood of respiratory problems (tends to be a risk factor for coronary heart disease)
💛 Increased likelihood of high blood pressure

Mental health risks:

🧠 Depression
🧠 Insomnia
🧠 Furies
🧠 Irritability
🧠 Anxiety

🦋 Your reading this article – is already a sign that you are focusing on your health and well-being. And you’re not just thinking about emotional exhaustion… you’re thinking about recovery. It’s something to be proud of! If you haven’t already spoken to a specialist, you can make an appointment now. Clinica Med Anima will be there for you in this process, together we can make it easier.

Psych. Cătălina-Antonia Hausner – Clinical Psychologist / Psychotherapist

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